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Renewable Energy Assurance Limited operates a Compost Certification Scheme and, in partnership with DIN CERTCO and AIB-Vincotte, provides certification scheme services for Compostable Packaging and Home Compostable Packaging. This website section provides details about these certification schemes. 
 
In January 2013, the Association for Organics Recycling became the Organics Recycling Group within the Renewable Energy Association.  AfOR's Compost Certification Scheme and the partnership certification services it provided are now operated by Renewable Energy Assurance Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the REA. 
 
Compost Certification Scheme
This certification scheme assesses and certifies compost compliance with ‘PAS 100 only’ or with 'PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol'.
 
 
 
 

Compostable Packaging
Certification
"EN 13432 ~ Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation. Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging".
 
 

'Home Compostable' Certification
Requirements for packaging and products recoverable through home composting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Composters on REAL's Compost Certification Scheme

Composters on REAL's Compost Certification Scheme

Key details on the composters producing PAS 100 and PAS 100 + CQP certified composts, plus other composters working towards initial certification. Kept up to date month to month by REAL.
Field bean bioassay

Field bean bioassay

The additional, more sensitive, plant response test method has been developed by WRAP, using field bean (Vicia faba cv Fuego).
CCS Scheme Rules Consultation

CCS Scheme Rules Consultation

REAL CCS has recently reviewed the Scheme Rules v6 and is planning to implement the revised Scheme Rules v7 in the near future. The documents is now available for consultation and we welcome your responses by Friday, 9th May 2014.

REAL's Compost Certification Scheme template documents

REAL's Compost Certification Scheme template documents and scheme rules can be downloaded from this webpage.
Work to develop a proficiency testing framework for PAS 100 and PAS 110 laboratories has started

Work to develop a proficiency testing framework for PAS 100 and PAS 110 laboratories has started

A project supported by WRAP & REAL to develop a framework for a laboratory proficiency testing (PT) scheme for PAS 100 and PAS 110 laboratories has now commenced.
Approval from REAL no longer needed for fly control products and additives

Approval from REAL no longer needed for fly control products and additives

An approval from REAL for composting process additives and fly control products is no longer needed with immediate effect from today; however please note that the certification body will check at the inspection that the conditions below are met.

Certification bodies

These are the bodies providing certification services on behalf of REAL.

Revised list of REAL appointed laboratories

This article contains the latest revised version of the list of REAL approved laboratories

Actions you are expected to take in the event of any test failure

How to comply with the PAS100 requirements in the event of any test failures during routine sampling regime, as per section 16 of PAS100:2011

Procedures in the event of independent sampling failure

In light of the independent sample test failures experienced to date REAL is introducing the following procedures in the event of Independent sample failures.

Independent sampling – update January 2014

REAL Independent Sampling Scheme 2013

REAL Independent Sampling Scheme 2013

REAL informs the composters on the Scheme about the appoach adopted under the independent sampling scheme 2013

Guidance and report: using compostables at events

Guidelines and report on using compostable products and packaging at 'closed venue' events.

REAL's Compost Certification Scheme Rules

Compost Certification Scheme Rules ~ Issue 1 Revision 6 ~ 20th September 2012.
What are bio-based materials?

What are bio-based materials?

A brief out line description of bio-based materials

Independent sampling - TENDER

TENDER INVITATION
Independent sampling services – REAL Compost Certification Scheme

Communication about composters with an expired certificate

REAL encourages the composters to maintain their PAS 100/PAS 100&CQP certficate up to date.
LOCOG ~ Games changer for reuse, recycling and composting

LOCOG ~ Games changer for reuse, recycling and composting

Together, LOCOG and its contractors have reused, recycled and composted a considerable percentage of operational wastes from the games venues.

AfOR approved labs' work to improve test results repeatability and reproducibility

Over the past months the approved laboratories have made considerable progress to improve the labs’ current procedures, as well as test results repeatability and reproducibility.

New edition of the Compost Quality Protocol published

The new edition of the Compost Quality Protocol was published on 1st August 2012. AfOR highlights the key changes made to this protocol and the transitional arrangements for certification.

Making a complaint about a certified product

This item explains how compost customerrs can make a complaint about a certified compost if they are unsatisfied with the product quality.

Update on inter-laboratory trial results and AfOR's related actions

The inter-lab trial has now been completed. AfOR explains the actions that are being taken to improve reproducibiliy amongst the labs.

AfOR appoints Certification Bodies for its Compost Certification Scheme

AfOR is delighted to announce that after a competitive tendering exercise, Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G) and NSF-CMi Certification Ltd, have been re-appointed to fulfil this essential service as the independent site auditors and assessors of companies who are seeking to achieve certification to PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol (CQP).

Update on recent progress made with the inter-lab trial

AfOR explains what progress has been made on the inter-lab trial that involves 6 approved laboratories.

AfOR invites certification bodies to tender for the provision of Compost Certification Services on its behalf

AfOR has invited a number of certification bodies (including the existing ones Organic Farmers & Growers and NSF-CMI) to bid for the provision of certification services under AfOR Compost Certification Scheme.
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